Fine Motor Skills

  • 3 slot-it-in activities for toddlers

    My little one has more or less stopped mouthing small objects so I felt that it was time to let him try out some activities ...

  • 5 special Christmas cards to make with kitchen supplies

    Finally! I got the post out! I've been uber busy, spending lots of family time that I've not been able to keep up with the ...

  • Advent calendar 2012

    Our advent calendar is ready and I'm firming up the activities (will be posting them up soon!). Look out for how we did ...

  • Alicia busy at work…

    Alicia's in love with colouring with her crayons and drawing too... She obviously can't colour very well yet and she's always ...

  • Chinese New Year contact paper craft (+free printable)

    Tomorrow marks the first day of Chinese New Year and I didn't do anything crafts with my little girl until today!! Can you ...

  • Christmas Countdown Day #12 – Christmas Gift Tags

    We're more than halfway through in our countdown to Christmas! Are you still following us on our advent activities? Yesterday ...

  • Christmas Countdown Day #14 – Christmas cards kids can make

    We made really easy-to-put-together Christmas cards and it doesn't take up too much of time too! Are you ready? 🙂 Christmas ...

  • Christmas Countdown Day #7 – Craft stick Christmas tree ornament

    Last year, we made a couple of very pretty Christmas tree ornaments out of toilet paper rolls and wrapping paper and they ...

  • Christmas Countdown Day #9 – Q-tip snowflakes

    I know we've been really late in getting this Q-tip snowflakes craft done, but you know with the weekend rush, and I went ...

  • Christmas countdown Days #19 & #20 – Christmas playdough

    We made Christmas playdough yesterday! I made the playdough using the previous no-cook playdough recipe and scented it with ...

  • Clothes pin wreath advent calendar

    Yesterday I showed you our advent calendar for the year. This year we made a special one - a clothes pin wreath advent calendar. ...

  • Colour mixing for kids using pipettes

    This is such a simple activity that I think you might laugh at me! Some pipettes, a few cups of water with food colouring, ...

  • Coloured salt sensory box

    I'd read about colouring rice, salt and pasta for the longest time and finally got down to colouring one of these - SALT. ...

  • Contact paper and kitchen supplies process art

    This contact paper craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers is so convenient to put together because all it requires ...

  • Corduroy (Don Freeman) activities

    Corduroy is a wonderful book to read to a child who is learning about the world around her. It tells the tale of a toy bear ...

  • Cut straw bits painting

    Do your kids love cutting things? I know mine does, especially straws! Thank goodness those things aren't expensive but ...

  • Dress Up Bear

    This Dress Up Bear is the quick, simple and attractive solution to practising fine motor skills for tots and preschoolers. ...

  • Easter Eggs Word Families

    I saw this idea of making Easter eggs word families some time last year during Easter and got down to making it then, though ...

  • Egg Shelling

    Today Alicia tried to shell her hard-boiled egg on her own for lunch. And she went about her task very seriously... and ...

  • Fine motor skills activities – Squeezing lime

    I love preparing fine motor skills activities for my tot and this is such a simple activity to set up and a marvelous one ...

  • First lesson of Term 3 at Julia Gabriel

    It was pouring last Saturday morning and it was a last minute decision to bring Alicia to class because the rain abated ...

  • Fun advent activities for kids 2012

    We find that counting down to Christmas is so much fun and we get to do lots of craft and it's also a time that I gather ...

  • Fun with beans

    Here's another one of Montessori Early Life Practical Activities. Earlier I shared how 'water play' isn't really play and ...

  • Fun with cookie cutters (II)

    It has been some time since I last used my cookie cutters as I don't bake cookies (no one in the family is a cookie monster ...

  • Fun with flowers

    I brought Alicia down to the playground on Tuesday morning since she had a filling breakfast and there was time to kill ...

  • Fun with syringes

    Alicia was down with flu earlier in the year and she's since been hooked on syringes - she even requests for water to be ...

  • Her favourite pastime (for now…) and her newest achievement 🙂

    Alicia really loves drawing and colouring these days and 'draw' and the different colours of her crayons are among the most ...

  • Home-made playdough recipe & an invitation to play

    Alicia fell sick over the weekend so she had to miss school today. To cheer her up, I decided to try something different ...

  • Invitation to create – beads and string

    Presented my little one with beads and string for an invitation to create: And when she was done with the first necklace, ...

  • Invitation to create – Christmas stockings

    For the second day of advent, I set up an invitation to create foam Christmas stockings: It's really interesting what the ...

  • Invitation to explore – Christmas baubles to fill

    This invitation to explore was part of my Advent activities 2013. Even though Christmas is over, I thought I'd just share ...

  • Lacing

    Back when we were learning about things starting with the letter E, I prepared a cute elephant picture for her to learn ...

  • Learning to cut with Crayola’s scissors

    I finally got her a pair of proper scissors. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the pair I saw at Borders which claims that the ...

  • Lollibox {Review + Giveaway}

    School has started and the routines we had last year are slowly falling back in place. During tiring times like these where ...

  • My top 10 fine motor skill activities for toddlers

    When my girl was a toddler, I encouraged her fine motor skill development with a myriad of activities. These fine motor ...

  • Of pegging and sorting

    After the short activity with flowers, we went on to try out pegging to hone her fine motor skills.What you need for the ...

  • Open-ended fun with Velcro craft sticks

    So I've had this in my to-do list like ... erm, let's just say, for a very, very long time. I finally got down to making ...

  • Pegging (Part II)

    A week ago, Alicia finally managed to peg properly! 🙂 Though it's still a little tough sometimes to get it right, she has ...

  • Playdoh fun

    While shopping for a birthday present for a tot the other day, we came across this set of playdoh and we decided to get ...

  • Review of ToddiBox (+Giveaway)

    As an educator and a parent, I'm extremely particular when it comes to selecting materials for teaching my children. If ...

  • Saving up for a rainy day!

    Yesterday hubby got a free piggy bank from pumping petrol so I decided to let Alicia have it. According to this site, "the ...

  • Scooping, funnelling and pouring

    I've finally recovered from gastric flu and the best news (for me) is that I can finally drink coffee/tea again! It was ...

  • Sea/Ocean themed craft – Starfish craft using pantry supplies

    My girl requested to do another ocean-themed craft as she had so much fun making the contact paper jellyfish craft earlier. ...

  • Sea/Ocean themed crafts – Contact paper Jellyfish craft

    Still on our Ocean theme, we made this contact paper jellyfish craft which even tots can make. Contact paper is such a hit ...

  • Sea/Ocean themed crafts – Octopus craft

    Now an octopus has about 240 suction cups on each tentacle, not just one as what I've done with ours, but I really wanted ...

  • Sea/Ocean themed crafts – Paper plate shell lacing

    Last week the whole family had a terrible bout of stomach flu and the kids were particularly affected and my little girl ...

  • Shaving foam art with pipettes

    Playing with shaving foam every day has become part of our bath time routine - the kids get to choose a letter at every ...

  • Snapping fun – teaching numbers 1-100

    I first bought snapcubes from My Playschool, together with some other math related learning materials when I was pregnant ...

  • Stringing beads

    More hands-on activities and this time it's stringing of beads!It's obvious that this activity is to practise fine motor ...

  • The Perfect Square by Michael Hall activities

    The Perfect Square tells the story of a square who made the best of whatever happened to him and eventually found great ...

  • Tonging (Part I)

    *Overdue post - activity conducted on 24 October*This simple activity of tonging cotton balls hones the tot's fine motor ...

  • Tonging (Part II)

    As mentioned in the previous post, here's the follow-up tonging session after I managed to buy colourful pompoms! Makes ...

  • Transferring water with a sponge

    This is a very simple activity to try with a tot. It hones fine motor skills and it's fun! Need I say more?The setup:2 basins ...

  • Upcycled containers for kids’ play

    I mentioned that I changed the container for stuffing pompoms in my 3 slot-it-in activities for toddlers and I thought it'd ...

  • Using the scissors

    Learning to use the scissors is in my opinion quite a milestone in terms of fine motor skills. I'm so happy that Alicia ...

  • Washi tape ideas: Clothespin color and pattern matching

    As you know, my little ones have been fascinated with colourful and patterned pretty tapes lately ever since they attended ...

  • Water play… is it really just play?

    I gave some water to Alicia to play with yesterday and she had a great time transferring water from one container to another! ...